Clinging To The Shadows

A Gallup PollĀ in 2017 showed that 4.5% of Americans verbally identified as being LGBTQ. It's a staggering statistic to imagine. Four out of every 100 hundred people are LGBTQ. I was at an event at work recent and we had about 170 people in attendance. There were 10 LGBTQ that I was personally aware of, [...]

Drag Ban at John Carroll University

It is often that people, even in our own community, say that times are getting better for the LGBTQ community and that our need to keep fighting has reached an end. This administration, alone, has proven that to not be the case. We cannot stop fighting until we no longer have to hear things like [...]

Perceived Power of the Penis

Dick, cock, manhood, schlong, dong, phallus, member, heat seeking moisture missile, wee wee, boner, danger noodle, woody, cum gun, pocket rocket, family jewels, skin flute, and yogurt hose. Yes, there is a plethora of words for the male member, all of which bring to mind some school yard setting of boys and jokes. We are [...]

From Where Did It Start?

Most of us, thanks to Pride celebrations the nation over, are aware that the first marches took place fifty years ago at the Stonewall Inn. Stonewall was only the turning point for our movement. Yes, Stonewall was monumental because it was the point where many of us were tired of the mistreatment we were enduring, [...]

LGBTQ and Symbolism

Through LGBTQ history, symbolism has been integral to who we are. We have used symbolism to raise our spirits and causes. We have also used various symbols as a means of identifying who we are to one another. Modes of dress, buttons emblazoned with logos, flags, and even speech have been the symbols that we [...]

Having Enviable Courage and Strength…

Often overlooked in our LGBTQ community is the Transgender community. In this administration where much of the legislation being changed, seems to have a direct correlation to Transgender rights, I feel it is important to be able to share some of their stories. It is time for us all to set our differences and beliefs [...]

Heteronormativity of LGBTQ People

The very core of who we are is implanted into us during our childhood. Sure, you may argue that education causes us to look out who we are, decide what is good/bad about it, and make needed changes to evolve, but keep in mind how we define those very structures is based on our upbringing, [...]